Arkansas group reacts to sharp increase in EpiPen price

Arkansas group reacts to sharp increase in EpiPen price

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - For those suffering from severe allergies, EpiPens can save their lives. However, that life-saving medication now costs much more.

The price for an EpiPen has gone up by 480 percent.

According to KATV, uninsured allergy sufferers paid close to $100 for 2 EpiPens. The same pack of 2 will now cost more than $600.

The Arkansas Pharmacists Association told KATV that Mylan, the company that manufactures the EpiPen, has the right to control the price of their products.

"The reason the companies increase their prices is because they simply can. There aren't any federal restrictions on what a company can and can't charge," said Scott Pace, CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacist Association told KATV.

The price hike also has the attention of educators.

For more information on this story, including one Arkansas school's concerns, click here.

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